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Raekwon

Raekwon may not have achieved the solo stardom of his fellow Wu-Tang Clan mates Method Man or Ol' Dirty B**tard, but along with Genius/GZA and frequent partner Ghostface Killah, he's done some of the most inventive, critically acclaimed work outside the confines of the group. Born Corey Woods and also nicknamed the Chef (because he's "cookin' up some marvelous sh*t to get your mouth watering"), Raekwon joined the Staten Island, NY-based Wu-Tang collective in the early '90s and played an important role on their groundbreaking late-1993 debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

Although the group's contract allowed its individual members to sign with whatever label they chose, Raekwon stayed with Loud when the first round of Wu-related solo projects began to appear. Following his 1994 debut single, "Heaven and Hell," his own solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, appeared in 1995; while it didn't sell on the level of Method Man's Tical, singles like "Ice Cream" and "Criminology" earned him a reputation in the hip-hop underground. Moreover, the album received near-unanimous critical praise for its evocative, image-rich storytelling and cinematic Mafia obsession (on some tracks, he adopted the guise of gangster Lex Diamonds). Also notable was Raekwon's crackling chemistry with heavily featured collaborator Ghostface Killah, who enjoyed something of a coming-out party with all the exposure (he hadn't been nearly as much of a presence on Enter the Wu-Tang).

Raekwon returned to the Wu-Tang fold for the group's 1997 sophomore effort, Wu-Tang Forever. That LP was followed by a second round of solo albums, and Raekwon's Immobilarity was released in late 1999, this time on Epic. This time around, neither RZA nor Ghostface Killah contributed to the album at all and perhaps as a result, reviews were more mixed. Raekwon recorded with the Wu on their subsequent albums The W (2000) and Iron Flag (2001), and returned in 2003 with another solo album, The Lex Diamond Story. He also released a sequel to his solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2, in 2009. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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PEACE TO THE GODS !...WATTS CA E/S 103RD ST.
My s**t
My s**t
my favorite lyric get your meat lumped lol
Nas c: the s**t
ethangaines1 3
raekwon is the s**t
Sh##t!!!!! The best.
Wu still dem dudes lets go my n**gas stand up please? Cuz this S**t out now is not music...its druggie music word up
Rza is. Sick.
kaliabriggs2 0 1 2
Ice cream ninja
Purple Tape Forever!
Wu 'til the day I die. ;) xo
Could it be
PURPLE TAPE♡♡♡♡
reggiepet
Salvation will not be denied us!!!!
Knowledge God
Fuked up dummies
Respect what you never gave a chance
Cuban linx nice
Chef vs method. Classic
All day chef
Screaming like a biittcchh
Wu forever !!! Classic.
The Chef!!!
info491797
...disgustin g l y iLL
Big up big
Classic god
Wu Forever!!
Big was that dude!
Dope song
This album is the kill....purp l e tapes all day and wallabees 4 every one....steak s for all eyes...Pasad e n a in the house all day
info491797
...chef da' iLLest cook wit' da' ryhme book !!
tremears13
dope s**t.
THA PURPLE TAPE IS A CLASSIC!!! RNS!!
andujarfelix
Smoking mad bluntz, drinking mad 40z.. mind still in the 90s/ sitting in the steps/pop in that purple tape/running from the jakes/ New York New York, yonkers bronx....
Bigger for life
Rainy dayz used to have me in tears. Touch ya soul if u listen close
Jennings f2f
Classic!!!
I wore my purple tape the f**k out back in the day
Best cd in rap history
Yo classic hip hop.
ICe CREAM
TRUE THATS WHY RAE AND GHOST DID IT BIGGIE WAS BITING THERYE STYLE AND NAS HE WAS A BITER HE DID IT TO TUPAC PAC GAVE HIM, A STYLE AND LYRICS
listening to this until i od!
Damm good song overall nice a** beat biggie kills it
What......th i s be on thAt ol skool tip! !!
Lov this track
PEACE TO THE GODS
Smoking wet to this back when it droped
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